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  Last updated on Tue, 28 Mar 2017

3 people killed as fire burns troubled Oakland building
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Mon, 27 Mar 2017
Three people were killed and a fourth was missing after an early morning fire Monday ripped through a large transitional housing building in West Oakland that was enmeshed in a dispute over evictions and squalid living conditions. The records again raised questions about city property inspections in the wake of December’s catastrophic Ghost Ship fire, which killed 36 people. The roof of the three-story building erupted in flames just after 5:30 a.m. Monday, sending heavy smoke into the dawn sky, and the blaze raged for hours. Firefighters rescued at least 15 people who had been trapped in the building, some who knotted sheets into makeshift ropes and lowered themselves from third-floor windows. Battalion Chief Erik Logan of the Oakland Fire Department said four people were hospitalized, some with smoke inhalation, but were expected to be released Monday night. The building at 2551 San Pablo Ave., leased by nonprofit agencies running transitional housing and social service programs, was home to Urojas Community Services. Residents of the building that burned Monday and their attorney, James Cook, said the landlord, Keith Kim, had issued eviction notices in December to dozens of residents living on the first two floors of the building. Attorneys for the residents have been battling the eviction efforts since then, employing a mediator and Oakland City Councilwoman Lynette Gibson McElhaney to help settle the dispute. Documents filed in Alameda County Superior Court recount a February incident in which Kim purportedly led a group of men into the building in an attempt to evict residents, prompting two to request restraining orders against Kim. City records show tenants had filed 20 complaints over the past 10 years, citing rodent infestations, lack of heat and garbage collection, mold and mildew, and urine and feces on the floors. City inspectors agreed with a March 17 complaint from Urojas Community Services, the master tenant, which alleged “deferred maintenance.” Cook said he visited the building early this year during a rainstorm and witnessed exposed wiring and water pouring through leaks and flowing down the floor “like a river.” In the Ghost Ship disaster, Oakland faces criticism that it failed to take action against the owner and operator of the underground warehouse despite a number of warning signs. Prior to the blaze, city police officers had been told the warehouse was illegally occupied and had responded to complaints about unpermitted raves. Building inspectors had responded to complaints about the warehouse, which was a maze of electrical cords, makeshift stairs and sleeping areas. Firefighters, he said, thought they saw a body on the second floor when they entered the building but couldn’t reach the person before flames and heavy smoke caused them to pull out of the building. Check the option “Home Fire Relief” and note in the comments that the gift is earmarked for services to support families impacted by the 2551 San Pablo Ave./Mead Ave. fire in Oakland.
Downed power line halts BART service during morning commute
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Mon, 27 Mar 2017
Downed power line halts BART service during morning commute A downed power line brought BART to a near standstill Monday, leaving morning commuters on both sides of the bay stranded without service for more than an hour. The rush-hour hitch began about 8:30 a.m. when a car crashed into a power pole near the West Oakland Station, sending electrified wires onto the tracks, officials said. Service through the Transbay Tube was shut down in both directions until shortly before 10 a.m., when Pacific Gas and Electric and fire department crews cleared the rail line. For many East Bay riders, the first sign that something was wrong was when the doors of the trains failed to close and the cars sat idle. [...] came the crackle of the trains’ public-address speakers and the announcement from the conductor that service into San Francisco was suspended. “I’ve never seen a public transportation system this confusing,” said Stephanie Garcia, who is from Southern California and visiting friends on her spring break. The incident occurred just as BART was recovering from delays caused by a trespasser walking on the tracks near the Bay Fair Station in San Leandro, officials said. The trespasser, reported just after 7 a.m., briefly stopped all trains going through the station before BART police removed the person from the tracks, officials said. Jeff Goss, 52, an attorney visiting from Los Angeles, arrived at Powell Station, headed for Lafayette, and started plotting his options.
Terrorism Charges for White Man Accused of Hunting Down Black Men, Mon, 27 Mar 2017
James Harris Jackson, 28, was charged with one count each of murder in the first and second degrees as an act of terrorism on Monday.
CHP officers go on roundup of horses on I-680 near Walnut Creek
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Mon, 27 Mar 2017
Two horses made a sudden break for freedom from a Contra Costa County stable Monday morning, galloping through suburban streets before making a wrong turn onto Interstate 680. The straying steeds trotted through the streets of Alamo just after 7 a.m. for around 20 minutes, said Officer Rick Rohrback of the California Highway Patrol’s Contra Costa County division. All northbound lanes of I-680 were closed for about 15 minutes to apprehend the delinquent horses, he said. The CHP, along with Walnut Creek police officers and Contra Costa County Animal Services, corralled both horses after an extended low-speed chase around 8:30 a.m., he said.
Watch Sheriff's Deputy Rescue Man From Burning Car, Mon, 27 Mar 2017
See an incredible car rescue caught on a body camera from an Oklahoma Sheriff's Deputy.
Kin of U.S. Dad Killed in London Attack: We Bear No Ill Feelings Toward Terrorist, Mon, 27 Mar 2017
"His whole life was an example of focusing on the positive … Not living life in the negative. And that's what we choose to do also."
'More Than One' Attacker Shoots 15, Kills One, in Ohio Nightclub Shooting: Cops, Mon, 27 Mar 2017
One person was killed and 15 others were wounded after several people got into an altercation and one of them opened fire in Cincinnati, police said.
Two-Inch Hail Pummels Oklahoma and Texas, Dents Cars, Mon, 27 Mar 2017
Severe storms swept through Texas and Oklahoma creating hail that cracked windshields and dented cars.
Oakland police investigating fatal hit-and-run
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Sun, 26 Mar 2017
The Oakland Police Department is investigating a fatal hit-and-run that occurred Sunday afternoon at the intersection of 85th and Railroad avenues in East Oakland. Oakland police Officer John O’Reilly said a 49-year old man was working on his motor home shortly before 3 p.m. when a northbound driver in a white, full-sized sport utility vehicle fatally struck him but did not stop. The incident remains under investigation, and Oakland police are asking anyone with information to contact the traffic investigation unit at (510) 777-8570.
Soccer fans turn violent outside Avaya Stadium
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Sun, 26 Mar 2017
An estimated 90 San Jose Police Department officers responded to a violent skirmish that erupted Sunday afternoon outside of Avaya Stadium between fans of two Mexican soccer clubs set to play a match there. Fans of Club America and Monarcas Morelia “were involved in an altercation that became violent,” San Jose Police said in a statement detailing the incident, after they began hurling rocks and bottles at one another. Officer Albert Morales, a spokesman for the San Jose Police Department, said that 40 officers were assigned to work security at the stadium for the match but that approximately 50 others were called in to respond to the altercation.